Grand Circle National Parks Tour

Trip Tour: Grand Circle
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On this driving tour you'll visit Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon national parks. Along the way you can explore scenic areas like Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Monument Valley and Lake Powell.

Day 1: Traveling to Zion

ACTIVITIES:

  • Fly into Las Vegas
  • Drive to Zion
    - 166 miles from Las Vegas
LODGING: Stay near Zion
  • Zion Ponderosa Resort
  • Flanigan’s Inn
  • Desert Pearl Inn
  • Majestic View Lodge
  • Thunderbird Resort
  • Best Western - Zion Park Inn
RESTAURANTS:
  • Bumbleberry Restaurant
  • Switchback Grille
  • Flanigan’s Inn
Day 2: Explore Zion National Park

ACTIVITIES:

  • Tour the Zion National Park Visitor Center and Museum
  • Ride the shuttle into Zion Canyon or drive Hwy 9, the scenic byway through the park
  • Hike some of the many scenic trails. If you’re an avid hiker, try Angels Landing. If you’re looking for a moderate hike, try the Upper or Middle Emerald Pools. Otherwise, try the easy walk to Weeping Rock.
  • Watch "Zion Canyon: Tresures of the Gods" on the Giant Screen in Springdale

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Park Entrance Fee: $20 per car (valid for 7 days), or $80 for a National Park Pass (valid for one year).
Day 3: Traveling to Bryce Canyon

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Bryce Canyon
    - 83 miles from Zion
  • Enjoy the scenic drive through Zion and up HWY 89.
  • Be sure to walk one of the trails in Bryce Canyon at sunset, the colors are stunning.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Park Entrance Fee: $20 per car (valid for 7 days), or $80 for a National Park Pass (valid for one year).
LODGING: Stay near Bryce
  • Ruby’s Inn
  • Bryce View Lodge
RESTAURANTS:
  • Ruby's Inn
  • Foster’s Steak House
  • Hoo-Doos 2 Restaurant
Day 4: Horseback, ATV riding near Bryce

ACTIVITIES:

  • Enjoy a horseback ride through the beautiful red rocks of Losee Canyon in Red Canyon. Minimum age is 7 years old.
  • Take a guided ATV ride through the Dixie National Forest surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park. You might even retrace the steps of Butch Cassidy!
  • Consider spending a day hiking in the park. The visitor center there will have information about hiking trails
ATV & HORSEBACK GUIDES:
  • Ruby’s Inn
  • Bryce Canyon Scenic Tours
Day 5: Traveling to Capitol Reef

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Capitol Reef
    - 125 miles from Bryce
  • Drive Historic Highway 12 as you head up to Capitol Reef. Make sure to stop at scenic overlooks and view the Grand Staircase-Escalante. The views are unbelievable!
  • Spend the day exploring Capitol Reef National Park.
  • Consider a scenic drive through the park (25 miles round-trip)

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Park Entrance Fee: $5 per car (valid for 7 days), or $80 for a National Park Pass (valid for one year)
LODGING: Stay near Capitol Reef
  • Sky Ridge Bed and Breakfast
  • Red River Ranch
  • Austin’s Chuckwagon Motel
RESTAURANTS:
  • Cafe Diablo
  • Capitol Reef Inn & Café
  • Brink�s Burger�s
Day 6: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Moab
    - 144 miles from Capitol Reef
  • Don�t miss Balanced Rock, Skyline Arch, Double Arch, Fiery Furnace, and the park's most famous geologic feature - Delicate Arch
  • Head over to Canyonlands National Park where you can view thousands of feet down to the Green and Colorado Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock pinnacles, cliffs, and spires. Park

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Park Entrance Fee: $10 per car (valid for 7 days), or $80 for a National Park Pass (valid for one year)
LODGING: Stay near Moab
  • Aarchway Inn
  • Big Horn Lodge
  • Moab Valley Inn
  • Sunflower Hill Inn
RESTAURANTS:
  • Bar M Chuckwagon
  • Canyonlands by Night- Dutch Oven BBQ
  • Zak's
  • Eddie McStiffs
  • The Broken Oar Coffee & Grill
  • La Hacienda
  • Moab Brewery
Day 7: Rafting on the Colorado River

ACTIVITIES:

  • Wake up early for an all-day rafting excursion! Enjoy a float trip on the Colorado River or experience class III and IV rapids through Westwater Canyon. Feel your blood pressure rise as you hit Funnel Falls, Last Chance, The Steps, Skull Rapid, and other exciting rapids.

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Please bring a hat for the sun, suntan lotion, and clothes in which you will be comfortably wet
RIVER GUIDES:
  • Adrift Adventures
  • Canyon Voyages
  • Navtec
  • Sherri Griffiths Expeditions
  • Tag-a-long Expeditions
  • Western River Expeditions
  • Worldwide
Day 8: Scenic drive to Monument Valley

ACTIVITIES:

  • Take a scenic drive to Monument Valley
    - 155 Miles from Moab
  • If you want to go 100 miles out of the way, you can visit Four Corners, the only spot in the United States where you can be in four states at the same time (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico).
LODGING: Near Monument Valley
  • Gouldings Lodge
RESTAURANTS:
  • Stagecoach Restaurant at Goulding's Lodge
Day 9: Visit famous Anasazi ruins

ACTIVITIES:

  • Enjoy a 3-hour or full day tour of the famous monuments, Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs, and rug weaving
  • After your tour, drive to beautiful Lake Powell
    - 127 miles from Monument Valley
  • At Lake Powell, you will marvel at the red rock canyons, turquoise water, and stunning beaches
LODGING:
  • Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
RESTAURANTS:
  • Rainbow Room - Wahweap Marina
Day 10: Cruise to Rainbow Bridge

ACTIVITIES:

  • Take a day cruise to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the world�s largest stone bridge. The tour departs at 8:00 am or 10:00 am. We recommend bringing tennis shoes or hiking shoes for the trail (3 miles round-trip). Lunch is provided
  • After your cruise, drive to Kanab
    - 75 miles from Lake Powell
TOUR GUIDES:
  • Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
LODGING:
  • Victorian Charm Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
RESTAURANTS:
  • Nedra's Too
  • Fernando's Hideaway
  • The Wok Inn
Day 11: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

ACTIVITIES:

  • Visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, located 8,000 feet above sea level.
  • Drive back to Las Vegas
    - 266 miles from the Grand Canyon
  • Spend the night on the "Strip" or catch a flight home

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Park Entrance Fee: $20 per car (valid for 7 days), or $80 for a National Park Pass (valid for one year). Visitor services and facilities inside the national park on the North Rim are only open from mid May to mid October
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